April 21, 2018
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Woman shot by police accused of threatening authorities with a knife

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster

PARIS, Maine — A young woman wounded in a police shooting in Rumford in March has been charged with threatening officers with a knife shortly before being shot.

Jessica Byrne, 25, was arrested by Maine State Police in Rockland on Thursday and booked at the Oxford County Jail on Friday morning. She appeared in South Paris District Court Friday afternoon and was charged with Class C criminal threatening.

During her appearance, Maurice Porter, assigned as attorney of the day, said Byrne is still recovering from the shooting and has been staying in the Rockland area, where she is receiving care from family members.

Her extensive medical needs cannot be met in jail, Porter noted.

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